Monday, December 6, 2010

Gift ideas and Favorite Books 2010

The PCL Favorite Books of 2010 survey is up on the Parkland Community Library's homepage.  Take the survey and you may even win a prize.  Prizes include Wii game accessories and gift cards and more prizes are being selected.  The survey runs until December 27th.  And in January, 2011, the PCL staff will pull together all of those nominations and post our patrons favorite books of 2010.

In the meantime, here are a few titles to consider for holiday gift giving.  The titles below are the type of book not usually found in Library collections - except for the record books of course.

Flip-o-Saurus by Sara Ball and Britta Drehsen is put out by Abbeville Press.  This book allows the reader to flip the feet, torso and heads of different dinosaurs to create new prehistoric monsters.  The text explains the differences between the different types of dinosaurs.

Harry Potter : a Pop-up Book is based on the wildly popular film versions of these children's blockbusters.  Bruce Foster created this book and Andrew Williamson illustrated it.  It is published by Insight Editions and lists at $34.95 but is cheaper in online markets.

The Robot Book by Heather Brown will delight little engineers and their moms.  The book is about a little robot and how he is put together.  Every page has a piece that moves.  Bloggers are excited by this title published by Andrew McMeel.  It retails at $16.99.

The Guinness World Records 2011.  It's already here and it's amazing.  This book will delight anyone who is interested in the biggest, smallest, longest, shortest, most or least of anything.

Boxed sets of favorite series are always a hit and there are a lot fo series to choose from:
Fancy Nancy  by Jan O'Connor for the pretty fancy girls between the ages of 3 and 8. (and up.  We all want to be fancy sometime.)
Ivy and Bean by Annie Barrows.  These friends have wonderful adventures just being girls.
Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney.  Present a whole set of the escapades of Greg Heffly to a pre-teen, girl or boy.
Dork Diary by Rachel Renee Russell is a series that pre-teen and middle school girls are eating up.
Percy Jackson by Rick Riordan for adventure and loves of mythology between the ages of 9 and adult.
The 39 Clues by various authors, follows the adventures of clan members who are trying to win a huge inheritance.
For fantasy lovers, don't forget The Sisters Grimm by Michael Buckley.

There are so many hot series out for children and teens, it's impossible to keep up with them.

My next post will include suggestions for teens and stand alone titles.


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